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Opinion

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need to ensure quality medical care for all

Today, Medicare and Medicaid are arguably our country’s single most important anti-poverty initiatives.

DEAR READER: 'Word Crimes' creates complicated discussion of language

While comedian Weird Al's 'Blurred Lines' parody sparked a rewarding conversation about grammar, some take issue with statements made in the song.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It may be too easy to buy influence in this state

Politics at the state level have always had their raw edges, a toughness that is not publicly visible to those who see only floor debates and committee hearings.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nora Dietzel deserves votes for Boone County Recorder

Nora Dietzel has worked in the recorder's office for the past 17 years. Her experience would ensure a seamless transition from the current recorder.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sales tax increase for MoDOT is unfair, unnecessary

On Aug. 5, Missourians will be voting on Amendment 7, the largest tax increase in the history of Missouri. MoDOT claims they need more funding, and this ballot issue will increase everyone’s sales taxes 10 percent. It’s a regressive tax that will unfairly affect working families, the elderly, the poor and students.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Yes, we need mass transit, but we cannot neglect our highways

While we need to increase mass transit programs and reduce vehicular air pollution, we need not achieve that goal by neglecting our very necessary highways and bridges.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Know about sunblock ingredients before applying it

For those concerned about the chemicals we put on our bodies, sunblock represents a double-edged sword.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' is right to abuse

The amendment is aimed at protecting the rights of the most abusive commercial agriculture. It gives a blank check to CAFOs, puppy mills and other nonfamily farming.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kimberly Shaw has experience to be circuit court judge

Kim Shaw practices in Division 5 several times a week. She is well-versed in both criminal and civil law. Having practiced for 25 years, she is a seasoned attorney. She’s what Boone County needs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Finley Gibbs right choice for circuit court

Finley Gibbs exhibits many of the characteristics desirable in a judge — fairness, compassion, rationality, and an ability to analyze complex situations and form a cohesive and persuasive argument.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Transportation sales tax positively impacts all Missourians

Gas tax revenue is an increasingly unstable revenue source. It would be shortsighted, and foolish, to present voters with a transportation funding solution that will have declining revenues from the very beginning of its passage.

DEAR READER: It's almost time again to get smart on politics

As the Aug. 5 election approaches, voters guides update Missouri residents about hot-button issues.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Considering contentious ballot issues

Amendment 5, which goes beyond gun rights, could be dangerous, and Amendment 8 doesn't really help veterans, so voters should not approve either one of those. Amendment 9, however, makes sense in the electronic age, and voters would be wise to approve it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Citizens deserve another option to save Boone County fairgrounds

Also not on the table is to initiate the next chapter in the fairgrounds history with real leadership to build a community-based nonprofit cooperative of perhaps the fair board, 4-H groups, FFA groups, equine enthusiasts and other caring citizens who are willing to ...  put the fairgrounds on a more financial, cultural and politically sustainable path for the future.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Timing of campaign checks trips up Missouri GOP again

When it comes to denying that ill-timed campaign checks influence public policy, Missouri Republicans are having a hard time keeping their stories straight.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should stop holding out on prescription drug database

Missouri continues to be the only state in the United States that won't allow a prescription drug database to be established. The opposition to the database comes from a small group of Missouri lawmakers who say it would violate personal privacy.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri farming needs regulation to prevent soil erosion

If we want to save our soil, then discredited farming practices must be abandoned — not enshrined in the bill of rights as Amendment 1 would.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' amendment threatens animal welfare

At the very least, the Amendment will eliminate the rights of some local governments to regulate factory farms within their borders.

DAVID ROSMAN: For the most part, don't mess with state constitution

With the primary election coming soon, David Rosman shares his opinion on the ballot measures and how he intends to vote.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's higher education department scores A+ on immigration studies

The legislature has barred students who have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status from receiving in-state tuition, so the department is offering them free tuition at community colleges to work around that decision.

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